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Fantasy Spin: Pirri lands alongside Getzlaf

Forward can maximize production with better usage; 8 percent owned

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

We've already seen David Perron's fantasy value spike in Ryan Getzlaf's company. Brandon Pirri could be next.

Pirri, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury, could return Wednesday and debut with the Anaheim Ducks, whom he was traded to before the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline. He skated with Getzlaf and David Perron on Anaheim's top line at the morning skate, instantly adding fantasy intrigue to the situation.

The tri-eligible (C/LW/RW) forward, eight percent owned in Yahoo leagues, is worth an add in deep formats given his favorable spot. He has been a per-60-minute standout in each of the past two seasons, this year producing 1.87 points per 60 minutes in a third-line role with the Florida Panthers. Last season, he was third in goals per 60 behind Alex Ovechkin and Rick Nash, scoring 22 goals in 49 games.

The high-volume shooter (2.2 shots on goal per game in career), who has converted on 9.9 percent of his SOG this season compared to his career rate of 13.5 percent, could be in for a major boost alongside pass-first threat Getzlaf.

After a slow start to the season, Getzlaf has 30 points in 31 games since Jan. 1. Perron joined forces with Getzlaf after he was acquired by the Ducks from the Pittsburgh Penguins in January and has 19 points in 25 games with Anaheim. He has eight goals on 48 SOG (16.7 percent) with the Ducks compared to four goals on 96 SOG (4.2 percent) with the Penguins.

Since Chris Stewart was injured, the Ducks have rolled out Getzlaf and Perron with a combination of Mike Santorelli and Ryan Garbutt. Corey Perry, Getzlaf's longtime right wing, has been fixated with up-and-coming center Rickard Rakell and another trade acquisition in Jamie McGinn. Ryan Kesler, meanwhile, has rounded out the Ducks' top-nine group with Jakob Silfverberg and Andrew Cogliano.

From a fantasy standpoint, the lineup flexibility Pirri provides adds to the appeal surrounding the young forward. Fantasy owners can line him up at center, left wing or right wing depending on your roster strengths and league game limits (in rotisserie formats) on busy game nights. The Ducks are tied for the most games remaining (14) in the NHL.

Pirri has also excelled with the man advantage in each of the past two seasons, scoring seven power-play goals in 2014-15 and eight power-play points this season. Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau will likely give Pirri this trial at even strength to start, but he also has a chance to earn power-play stripes.

DraftKings daily fantasy outlook: Pirri (C, $3,800) has not yet been confirmed to play Wednesday against the New York Rangers, but would be a ripe value option if he's in the lineup. You can conveniently draft him as your FLEX option and stack with Getzlaf (C, $6,300). Pirri has one goal, two assists and three SOG in two games against the Rangers this season. Getzlaf is in a seven-game assist drought, but has remained effective in DFS with two goals and 16 SOG in his past four games.

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